SATURDAY APRIL 28
Saturday Morning with Kim Hill (Radio New Zealand National, 8.10am). Emily Perkins – a hot tip for the Man Booker Prize for her soon-to-be-released novel The Forrests – talks to Hill today. And Kiwi comedian Sam Wills, who began his career as an apprentice clown in Timaru at the age of 13, is back home to talk about performing in the New Zealand International Comedy Festival in May and his new show on the BBC. Professor Marti Anderson is chair of statistics at the Albany campus of Massey University and part of the university’s Institute for Advanced Study. She is also a marine biologist and deep-sea diving enthusiast who has created a statistical tool and software program used worldwide for assessing and monitoring the environmental impact on a range of ecological scenarios and species. All this and she’s just 39.
Fleur Jack/the Twitch Recorded Live at Roundhead Studios (95bFM, 11.00am and Friday, 2.00pm). You’ll get a double dose of Auckland alt.country/folk/pop musician Fleur Jack this afternoon – once on her own, singing songs from her new album with the Jandals, Ghosts of Cimarron, and then with her post-punk rock band the Twitch. The Twitch won the New Zealand Battle of the Bands competition in 2005 and went on to take second place in the international final in Hong Kong. There will be live streaming and podcasts on 95bfm.com; scroll down for video of Fleur Jack.
A Flat City: Voices of Christchurch Music (RDU98.5FM, 2.00pm). Today it’s the hip-hop episode, featuring Aeries, Parks and Pos Mavaega from Pacific Underground.
Around the World in 80 Tunes (Radio New Zealand National, 4.10pm). Nick Dwyer and Barnie Duncan are hanging up their microphones after today’s programme – the final in this series about the secret world of world music. They head off to Zambia, which produced the “Zam-Rock” scene in the early 1970s. This was a combination of James Brown, Jimi Hendrix, funk and psychedelia, and one of the bands at the forefront was Witch. Band leader Emmanuel “Jagari” Chanda talks about the former British colony, which was just finding its feet when Zam-Rock came along. Today, young Zambians are coming up with their own take on imported musical styles, and the “first lady” of Zambian hip-hop, Cynthia Kayula Bwalya, gives a female perspective on the industry.
SUNDAY APRIL 22
Composer of the Week (Radio New Zealand Concert, 9.00am today and weekdays and 7.00pm Monday). British composer and conductor Constant Lambert (1905-51) was born into an artistic family. His father was the Russian-born Australian painter George Lambert, who became an official Australian war artist in 1917 during World War I. Lambert the younger was a child prodigy, writing orchestral works from age 13. He won a scholarship to the Royal College of Music at 17 and studied with Vaughan Williams and RO Morris, and received a commission to write Romeo and Juliet for Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes when he was just 20. He was greatly influenced by jazz, especially the music of Duke Ellington and the London revues Dovers Street to Dixie and Blackbirds. When Florence Mills, the star of these shows, died in 1927, Lambert wrote Elegiac Blues as a tribute to her. This was his first work to be written in the jazz idiom. Ballet was his other love and in the 1930s his career as a conductor flourished while his compositions became fewer. He was involved with the Vic-Wells Ballet (later the Royal Ballet), Sadler’s Wells Ballet and the Carmargo Society Ballet, and in the 1940s he also became known as an orchestral conductor, leading more than 50 BBC Third Programme broadcasts. Lambert also distinguished himself as a writer, publishing many books and articles on music. His Music, Ho!, a critique of the musical world in the 1930s, is still considered to be an important commentary on the times.
Extended Play: The Classic Flying Nun EPs (95bFM, 11.00am). Episode three of this 22-part series, brought to you by 95bFM, NZ On Air and the Listener, looks at the Clean’s Boodle Boodle Boodle, which was recorded rather modestly in an Auckland Scout hall on Chris Knox’s four-track system. The EP was in the Kiwi charts for almost a year and has become an 80s classic. David Kilgour, Hamish Kilgour, Robert Scott, original bass player Peter Gutteridge and Boodle engineer Doug Hood look back at how it all came together.
Spectrum (Radio New Zealand National, 12.15pm). Young Jack Perkins mixes and mingles with some of the cream of senior tennis in Waipawa’s Wimbledon today. The oldest tournament of its kind in New Zealand, it was established 57 years ago by Dr Don Allen and his wife Mary, who thought there should be a competition for more mature players. Nowadays, well over 100 veterans, some in their eighties, converge on the Hawke’s Bay town to compete, catch up and very probably reminisce about the old days.
Young New Zealand (Radio New Zealand Concert, 8.00pm). Part two of the NZSO Todd Corporation Young Composer Awards 2011 plays tonight, starring once again Auckland composer Alex Taylor. In 2011, he won not only the Young Composer Award but also the Orchestra’s Choice Award – the first time this had happened.
THURSDAY MAY 3
Music Alive (Radio New Zealand Concert, 8.00pm). Tonight, from the Auckland Town Hall, comes Into the Light, which includes the world première of New Zealand composer Ross Harris’s Cello Concerto, written for Li-Wei Qin. The Australian cellist performs with the APO, conducted by Garry Walker. Also on the programme are Haydn’s Symphony No 44 and Brahms’s First Symphony.
FRIDAY MAY 4
Music Alive (Radio New Zealand Concert, 8.00pm). Another “as live” concert tonight: For the Fallen is direct from Wellington’s Michael Fowler Centre and features the NZSO, and American conductor Andrew Grams, with his compatriot cellist Lynn Harrell. The concert takes its name from one of the featured works: Elgar’s Cello Concerto, which the composer wrote after witnessing the ravages of World War I. Schumann’s Fourth Symphony and Mendelssohn’s atmospheric Hebrides Overture – which will have you wiping the salt spray from your evening dress – are also on the programme.